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Shinsuke Nakamura to defend his Intercontinental title against Roman Reigns on SmackDown

WWE has announced that the bout for the Intercontinental Championship between Shinsuke Nakamura and Roman Reigns will kick off the upcoming episode of SmackDown.

The bout was made official after a few Twitter exchanges between Sami Zayn and Roman Reigns which Nakamura managed to interject later on. Sami fired the first tweet mentioning how he and Nakamura were drafted to the same brand along with “The Big Dog”

Here’s how the conversation prodded along:

He wrote, “Nakamura-san & I were eligible to be drafted together & got picked in the 3rd round by #Smackdown. Imagine being able to get a generation-defining performer AND the Intercontinental Champion together in one pick & still deciding to pick The Big D Roman Reigns first. Unreal. – SZ”

Following this, Reigns issued a challenge

He wrote, “Don’t concern yourself with the Big D Sami but if you and Shin want to go from 3rd round to face #1…you know where to find me. And bring the #ICTitle with you. #BigDog #BigDeal #SmackDown”

That’s when WWE made the match official and Nakamura responded to the “Big D” comments.

“Are we talking about the same thing? If the Big Dog wants to play, I ‘ll allow him to come into #MyYard with #treats,” Nakamura said.


  • Nicholas Giambattista

    They need to give the IC title some life and I believe Roman Regins will put guys in the spotlight that needs a little push. You know he going to have open challenge every week.

  • Michael Justin Arnold

    I figure they’re putting the belt on Reigns tonite, Brock gonna disappear in a few weeks so they meed to make Reigns the face of Smackdown in the meantime

  • Dirt McGirt

    I can smell the DQ coming a mile away. Gotta set up Reigns opponent for Blood Money 4.